Christian Life Community at Wellesley College

All Christians students are invited to join in our weekly Christian Life Community Dinner. Over our evening meal, we get to know each other through conversations, fellowship and, depending on the week, we might dive into the Enneagram Personality Inventory, make a craft, or talk about an issue of faith. 

Other highlights of the year for the Christian Life Community are our holiday celebrations. Early in December we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe with a joint service and meet for traditional holiday food. We also have a Christmas Party toward the end of term. Our most long standing Christmas tradition is our Candlelight Vespers service which takes place either the first or second Sunday evening of December. 

We also have a long standing tradition as Christian Community of focusing on a particular theme during Advent and Lent. We begin Lent with a Pancake Dinner the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday we meet for the imposition of ashes and the Eucharist. If Holy Week falls while the college is in session, we gather for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.

As a gift to the students, we offer copies of the New Living Bible. This version is a Study Bible that allows students to keep notes in the margins. Throughout their time at Wellesley College, they can jot down textual notes and words of inspiration to refer back to help guide them. The Christian Life Community offers Bible Studies throughout the term, as do many Christian Orgs on campus. We encourage students to try out different Bible Studies so they can learn about the various ways different Christian traditions approach the study of our sacred text.

For more information, contact College Chaplain and Christian Life Coordinator Rev. Sarah Robbins-Cole.

Chaplains are also available for counseling - Why Talk to a Chaplain?

Weekly Programming

The Christian Life Community of Wellesley College is made up of many different Christian Student Organizations representing the breadth and depth of Christian expression.  For example, each week there are gatherings for

Catholic Mass

Protestant Worship Service

Christian Life Dinner

Sunday at 4 pm

Sunday at 4 pm

Sunday at 4:45 pm

Houghton Chapel

Multifaith Center

Multifaith Center/Chapel Lawn


Additional ORSL and Student Programs: 

  • Rosary

  • Prayer Groups

  • Bible Studys

  • Plus gatherings of Awaken the Dawn (an a capella group), Citylife, Cru, Intervarsity, Asian Baptist Student Koinonia, and more…please visit our student orgs page.

Christian Observances

Advent - The Christian Life Community observes Advent by focusing on a particular theme and following an Advent Devotional. Copies of the devotionals are free and available in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Virgin of Guadalupe - In December we hold a Virgin of Guadalupe Mass, often in Spanish, in Houghton Chapel. The entire Christian Community is invited to attend. After Mass we gather around a meal of tamales, hot chocolate and cake. Student groups often take part performing traditional dances to celebrate the day.

Christmas - Before fall term exams begin, the Christian Life Community hosts a Christmas Party in the Multifaith Center. During the party we sing Christmas Carols, watch a Christmas movie, and make cookies and decorate ornaments.

Vespers - The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Choral Music Program present an evening of candlelight, music, readings, and carols. A longstanding Wellesley tradition, Christmas Vespers heralds the arrival of the holiday season in the beautiful setting of Houghton Chapel.

Click here to watch the 2019 Vespers Service

2018 Vespers Service

Pancake Day - Every year we mark the beginning of Lent with the tradition of Pancake Day. We celebrate the day on a Sunday evening after our worship services. On that evening we discuss the practice of Lent and distribute Lent devotionals for the students to follow during the 40 days of Lent.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. We hold service in Houghton Chapel with the imposition of ashes. Ashes are also available throughout the day in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Students are invited to either Mass or Protestant Holy Communion where palms are blessed and distributed. After the services we have a simple dinner and programming on the significance of Palm Sunday.

Holy Week - Students gather throughout the week to observe Holy Week. There is a combination of student led programming and Holy Week Services. Often students will walk to one of our local churches to celebrate Holy Thursday. On Good Friday students gather for the Walking Stations of the Cross at midday. Stations are set up around the campus and students take part in leading this service. 

Easter - On Easter Sunday the Christian Community gathers for a Festival Eucharist in the afternoon and an Easter Dinner. We also host an Easter Egg hunt on the chapel lawns.

Other offerings - Throughout the year we observe Christian Celebrations from around the world. Students are encouraged to share their own Christian holiday practices from home and introduce them to the Christian Life Community.